Karma, Liberation + Rebirth

RELS 0145 S01 [CRN: 16809]

Karma, Sanskrit for the "action" that makes up a human life, has been a central concern for the religious traditions of South Asia throughout their history. Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism share the belief that after death people are reborn, taking on lives according to their actions in lives previous. In these traditions, liberation from the cycle of rebirth becomes the ultimate goal of human existence. This course examines the ideas of karma, rebirth and liberation in Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism from historical, cosmological, ritual, narrative, iconographic and theological points of view. We also look at these ideas in Western culture.
Course Syllabus
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Term
Fall 2014
Credit Hours
1.0
Maximum Enrollment
40
Primary Instructor
Meetings
4:00 pm - 6:30 pm Thu - from Sep 3, 2014 to Dec 20, 2014
Exam Group Code
02 (Dec 14, 2014 2:00pm)